Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was the Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To X Person. My “X” person was a Greek Mythology lover, a topic which most likely doesn’t surprise frequent visitors to my blog. I absolutely adore Greek Mythology retellings, so am excited to be able to recommend my favorites to you!
This is hands down my favorite Greek Mythology retelling of all time. I’ve rhapsodized about just how much I adore Percy Jackson, so this is old news to visitors to my blog. But suffice it to say, you need to read this series, even if Greek Myths aren’t necessarily your thing. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
This was a pretty interesting and entertaining MG novel retelling the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. I especially liked the inclusion of the New York underground and the way the topic of death was handled. I’d definitely recommend this one!
I’ve always been rather fascinated by the story of Helen of Troy, and this fictional story of her childhood and teenage years was a lot of fun for me. I especially liked how strong and capable Helen was, and the adventures she went on and surprises she got into.
This is a really well done graphic novel retelling of the lead-up to the Trojan War. It’s not complete yet – his comics are taken and bound into a book, and it takes seemingly forever to get them published in the US – but what’s available is really first rate. I like how he’s made the war more of a human effort, leaving out any machinations by the gods (although they’re mentioned, you never see them). If you like graphic novels, definitely give this series a try!
This is just the first installment, of which there are now five (and a soon to be released sixth). While I didn’t love Zeus: King of the Gods as much as, say, Hades: Lord of Death, I still very much enjoyed his take on the gods and what makes them tick. Full of humor, brilliant artwork and myths you probably aren’t quite as familiar with, O’Connor’s series is a really good place to start for folks wanting to learn more about the Greek gods and goddesses.
The Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles
While the first book in this series started off pretty slowly, I very much enjoyed the sequel, Envy, and am looking forward to reading the final book, Eternity. I don’t necessarily believe the set up for this, but I do like the inclusion of the Furies and the way they work, and especially the way Miles incorporated the myths.
Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis
I LOVED this retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth. It’s really hard to do something different with the most popular Greek myth out there, but Kaitlin Bevis does just that. Not only is Persephone pretty awesome, but Hades is absolutely swoon-worthy. I am really looking forward to reading the second book.
This is very loosely based on the story of the Furies – and is also fairly hard to get your hands on in the US – but I really really enjoyed this one a lot. This one was basically about a girl and her friends who decide to take their revenge on some people who wronged them. Normally I don’t go in for main characters with a lot of misplaced anger, but Eliza managed to completely suck me in and keep me interested throughout the whole book.
Okay, I realize that I only have eight books listed here, and most of them aren’t ones you necessarily hear a lot about. For instance, I’ve read the Goddess Test books, but don’t consider them very good overall, and I haven’t read Abandon or Everneath or Starcrossed. But I figure it’s always good to give folks possible “new to them” titles, so hopefully that’s what I’ve managed to do here, Percy Jackson excluded, of course.
What did you pick this week? Please link me!